Over the years, I have come to believe that the premier method of ensuring good communication is through using word pictures or short illustrations, employing common life experiences as examples. You can really drive home a point when you’re able to give a good illustration or example - and you are often able to do it very succinctly. When you can tell that the other person “gets it” that shared understanding is the beginning of communication. I came across the following “Six Tiny Stories” on the internet; they explain some deep concepts very well – and in very few words:
Once all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That’s FAITH.
When you throw a baby in the air, she laughs, because she knows you will catch her. That’s TRUST.
Every night we go to bed, without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarm to wake up. That’s HOPE.
We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That’s CONFIDENCE.
We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children. That’s LOVE.
On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence, “I am not 90 years old...I am sweet 16 with 74 years’ experience. That’s ATTITUDE.
The anonymous person who wrote these little stories has managed to communicate succinctly and clearly, their definition of faith, trust, hope, confidence, love and attitude. I think anyone who reads them will “get it!”
Sue Ellen, Exalted Queen Mother
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